Donate a Car in Texas

If you have a car, truck, van, SUV, motorcycle, RV, travel trailer, boat, or other vehicle that you wouldn’t pay to fix if somebody dared you, consider donating it to Texas Public Radio! There are an estimated 8.2 million vehicles registered throughout Texas. The average vehicle registered is 10.2 years old, about two years younger than the national average. Donating a car to your local Texas public radio station will allow you to get rid of your unused vehicle while supporting the news and entertainment programming you love!

Donate a Car in Texas

The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program delivers 80% of the revenue generated through a car donation directly to the Texas public radio station of your choice. While the best part of donating a car in Texas is the support you provide to the stations that deliver the news, music and talk to your radio every single day, the second best part is how easy you can donate:

  1. Have your vehicle title ready.
  2. Follow this link to the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program or call us at 1-877-215-0227.
  3. Answer the questions about your car and yourself.
  4. Select a date and time to have your car picked up.

It’s that simple.

Note: If your vehicle is missing its title, you can obtain a duplicate from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. You can download the form at the Texas DMV website.

Do I need to fill out paperwork?

On the day your vehicle is picked up, you’ll need to transfer your vehicle title. In order to complete your Texas car donation, transfer your title by printing and signing your name in two sections:

  • The front of the title where it says, “Signature of Owner or Agent.”
  • The back of the title where it’s marked, "Signature of Seller/Agent."
  • Make sure your name is printed and signed exactly as it appears printed on the front of the title.

What should I do the day my vehicle is picked up?

The day of your scheduled vehicle pickup, you’ll need to provide the driver with the completed title and car keys. Once the vehicle sells, you'll receive a vehicle donation receipt for tax purposes.

Can I donate my car if it won’t pass a smog check in Texas?

Yes! Vehicles between 2 and 24 years old registered in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson and El Paso counties must have emissions tested. If your vehicle won’t pass and it’s clogging up your driveway, we’ll still take it. A vehicle donation is a great way to move that car along and support your favorite public radio station.

What Public Radio stations does the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program support in Texas?

The Car Talk Vehicle donation program will provide funds to the Texas public radio station of your choice.Texas Public Radio operates seven stations which reach listeners throughout the state. Your Texas Public Radio car donation will help favorite fund programming such as Fronteras, The Shakeout, and Texas Standard.

Houston Public Media - 88.7 FM annually reaches over 3 million people in the Greater Houston area by delivering local and national news, information, and educational content. The funds from the sale of your car donation to Houston Public Media will support programs like Town Square with Ernie Manouse, Houston Matters, and Red, White and Blue.